Ravenhoe is pretty consistent at this level and, on past evidence, a good ride for an inexperienced jockey. Oliver Stammers has won on him at Wolverhampton and Lingfield already this year and it’s hard to see him finishing out of the frame. However, QUOTELINE DIRECT has a similar chance on the form book and had Berlusca and Poppyinthepark behind when third over course and distance last time off a higher mark. Thorntoun Care is often thereabouts and was just beaten off this mark here in September. Cliff Bay has won over a mile but this trip may stretch his stamina.
Thorntoun Care 14-1 (9-0) Slowly away and behind, wide and headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 9 1/4l behind Rockwood (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Bob Maxwell (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 12l behind Regal Mirage (9-3) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp (5) gs in May.
Ravenhoe (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, headway to lead 3f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, kept on same pace, well held in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Pretty Jewel (10-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp (5) sft in Jun.
Big Time Dancer (IRE) 13-8 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd when bumped slightly 3rd, every chance 3 out, no impression on winner after 2 out, mistake and lost 2nd last, 4th of 12, 13 3/4l behind Bulkov (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gs in Nov.
My Brother Mike (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 19 3/4l behind Orin Swift (9-7) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in May.
Quoteline Direct 5-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 3/4l behind Abel Tasman (9-4) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in May.
King Oswald (USA) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in last pair, ridden and some headway on outside over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 15 3/4l behind Aqua Libre (8-11) at Bath 1m hcp (6) fm in May.
Berlusca (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, rapid headway chasing leaders halfway, went 2nd 4f out, led over 2f out, headed inside final 2f, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Abel Tasman (9-4) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in May.
Richard Strauss (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Towards rear, slow 5th, last 4 out, well beaten next, 8th of 9, dist behind Innocent Touch (11-11) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in May.
Melabi (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 30 3/4l behind Amuletum (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp (5) gs in May.
Poppyinthepark 66-1 (8-7) Soon tracking leader, lost 2nd 4f out, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6 1/2l behind Abel Tasman (9-4) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in May.
Cliff Bay (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 6 1/2l behind Vive La Difference (9-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp (5) gf in May.